Celebrate the first International Translation Day on 30 September

Friday, 29 September 2017

Translators work very hard to avoid the limelight, with the idea that the better the translation, the more invisible the translator. And yet, translators and other language professionals will soon be in the spotlight, as the General Assembly recognized the role of professional translation in connecting nations and fostering peace, understanding and development and declared 30 September International Translation Day in its resolution 71/288 of 24 May 2017.

This day is meant to pay tribute not only to translators, but to all language professionals, for their role in bringing nations together, facilitating dialogue, understanding and cooperation, contributing to development and strengthening world peace and security.

In celebration of International Translation Day 2017, the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM) in New York is hosting an exhibition in the Albano Building. It features posters designed by staff members of the Documentation Division in the six official languages and German, alongside photographs by Ekaterina Pugacheva, Reviser, Russian Translation Service.

“The care, collegiality and range of our craft are evident in these photographs of translators at work and in these posters inspired by the joy of language,” says Michael Rose, Chief, Editorial Service.

In addition to this initiative, an exhibition of photography sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Azerbaijan, Belarus, and Turkmenistan to the United Nations, in cooperation with DGACM, is on display  on the first floor of the Conference Building until 6 October. It aims to highlight the important role of language professionals in multilateral diplomacy and the evolution of language professions over time.

On 27 September, DGACM staff in New York attended a lecture on the relevance of language professionals in the modern world, which was given by Henry Liu, former President of the International Federation of Translators.

Further celebrations are expected between today and 6 October. See the programme of events at UN Headquarters in New York HERE.

Join us in the celebrations of this special day. To learn more, visit the International Translation Day website, the United Nations Language Careers websiteand follow DGACM on social media. The English hashtag is #ITD2017.